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Negative Energy Plan by Robert Ponzio, an indirect comment on the torture research carried out Abu Ghraib.

Torture by the CIA

Full article: CIA/Torture

The CIA has been researching use of torture pretty much since it was set up in 1948.[citation needed] The only known CIA official prosecuted in connection with its torture activities has been John Kiriakou, a whistleblower, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison in 2013.[1]


Full article: Project MKUltra

MK-Ultra was a project of mind control research, and methods included torturing victims such as using electroshock or drugs. Fatalities were reported, of which the best known is probably Frank Olson. Outgoing CIA Director Jesse Helms ordered all records associated with the project destroyed in 1973.

Phoenix Program

Full article: Phoenix Program

One of the better known projects was the Phoenix Program, which used the lawless environment of the Vietnam War to carry out research into the use of torture. Alfred McCoy suggests that by 1972, between 26,000 and 41,000 people had been killed.[2] Methods included "rape, gang rape, rape using eels, snakes, or hard objects, and rape followed by murder; electric shock ('the Bell Telephone Hour') rendered by attaching wires to the genitals or other sensitive parts of the body, like the tongue; the 'water treatment'; the 'airplane' in which the prisoner's arms were tied behind the back, and the rope looped over a hook on the ceiling, suspending the prisoner in midair, after which he or she was beaten; beatings with rubber hoses and whips; the use of police dogs to maul prisoners."[3]

Copper Green

Full article: Copper Green

'Copper Green' was a project of systematic torture which included the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse that was attributed to a few "bad apples".

US Prisons

US prisons are also reported to be venues for ad hoc torture by angry prison guards.[4]


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Torture and the APAarticle9 June 2009Bryant Welch
File:Pictures That Missed the Exhibition.pdfarticle17 February 2006Lila RajivaFunny how freedom of expression - so indispensable for the survival of Western Civilization when it comes to inflammatory and dangerous anti-Muslim imagery - gets jettisoned in a hurry when it comes to exposing war crimes.


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